WAN optimisation company, Silver Peak's CEO, Rick Tinsley, has stepped down from his role, giving way to founder and chief technology officer, David Hughes, who has filled the position.
Tinsley was appointed in 2004 to build out the organisation.
As part of his new role, Hughes will build on the company’s rapid growth and market leadership in virtual WAN optimisation software.
“I want to thank Rick for his extraordinary dedication and commitment, which has been vital in bringing Silver Peak to where it is today. Rick has navigated our company through difficult waters that have stranded many of our competitors,” Hughes said.
He claimed that his first point of focus will be on growing the company’s WAN optimisation business by leading the transition to software, while fostering the emergence of a next generation of opportunities around virtual network services.
“We are revolutionising the WAN optimisation market and in the process transforming ourselves into a software company. This is the most exciting time in Silver Peak’s history with our revenue growth and market leadership in virtualised networking software creating new market opportunities.”
Hughes launched Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after a year as an entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital.
From 2000 to 2002, Hughes was vice-president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where he led a team developing a network switching and transmission system.
From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and was senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit.